Five years that formed the digital library as we know it: 1997-2001

Sigfrid Lundberg's Stuff 2009-08-24

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I sat there looking up references for a text. Then I realized that there were these five years, 1997-2001. They were decisive for the coming nine to ten years digital library development. For the fun of I looked up some events that occured during these five years

year event
February 1998 XML became recommendation
1998 Dublin Core Metadata for Resource Discovery published as RFC 2413
1998 Encoded Archival Description tag lib published
January 1999 the University of Virginia and the University of Bergen (Norway) proposes the formation of TEI consortium.
22 February 1999 RDF model and Syntax specification appeared
16 November 1999 XSL Transformations (XSLT) Version 1.0 W3C Recommendation
January 2001 OAI-PMH version 1.0
February, 2001 The development of METS starts

Almost all of these events were triggered by XML. If I remember correctly, We released S:t Laurentius Digital Manuscript Library 2001 which included my first serious XSLT scripting, but before that I made some serious work using perl and the expat XML parser.


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